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Parents' Guide to

Pokémon the Movie: The Power of Us

By Brian Costello, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 7+

Mild cartoon violence, positive message in Pokémon adventure

Movie NR 2018 96 minutes
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A Lot or a Little?

What you will—and won't—find in this movie.

Community Reviews

age 6+

Based on 2 parent reviews

age 5+

This is a great movie and definitely recommended!

There is quite a bit of action (explosions, etc.) but other than that, it's a great movie!

This title has:

Great messages
Great role models
age 6+


This title has:

Great messages
Great role models

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (2 ):
Kids say (4 ):

Like the other movies in the Pokémon franchise, this has the usual cast of thousands and the Pokémon who love said cast of thousands. While the multiple story threads can be difficult to follow at times, Pokémon the Movie: The Power of Us finds a way to unite everyone through teamwork and cooperation that more or less makes sense, even if one of the story threads remains unaddressed until a brief scene shoehorned in after the credits. In other words, viewers who aren't Pokémon superfans are far less likely to get lost, confused, and inevitably disinterested in the story.

Even so, in terms of character backstories and setting histories, many adult viewers will have an easier time taking apart the novels of William Faulkner than they will the convoluted storylines contained in this movie. But for kids, there are plenty of exciting Pokémon battles and easy-to-understand positive messages. The anime melodrama is abundant, but so is the action. The result is one of the better movies in the series. Like the others, it's still best for the superfans, but it's possible that this movie might win some converts as well.

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